Europe

Tue
07
Feb

Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Announces Initial Commercialization of Cannabinoids-Based Personalized Diagnostics for Cancer Patients

Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CNBX) today announced it will begin providing personalized cannabinoid anti-tumor tests for cancer patients. The diagnostic tests are based on liquid biopsies of patients suffering from any kind of cancer. The test uses CTC technology that collects cancer cells from patients' blood samples, and tests their sensitivity to cannabinoid compounds alongside conventional chemotherapy medicine.

Wed
01
Feb

Big Bong Theory: Danish Epileptics Ready for Cannabis Relief

Epilepsy Hospital Filadelfia, in the Danish town of Dianalund, has begun treating patients with medicinal cannabis. This is only part of Denmark's new pilot project to estimate the benefits of the use of medicinal cannabis by certain types of patients.

Although marijuana is not yet the doctor's preferred choice in Denmark, whose hospitals rather prefer conservative treatment, a pilot project to estimate the positive effects of cannabis was approved of in November 2016. During the trial period for the use of raw, unprocessed cannabis, about 1,500 patients are looking forward for a pain-relieving effect.

Wed
01
Feb

Marijuana, Made in Italy: Inside the Military Police Cannabis Lab

It's every stoner's nightmare: marijuana plants as far as the eye can see and not a spliff in sight.

"No, I have never tried it, and I don't have any intention of trying it either," says Antonio Medica, the colonel in charge of the Italian military's cannabis laboratory in Florence.

As he inspects pristine plant buds destined to be cut and dried into a version of the drug for medical use, the veteran officer is nonetheless sure he is producing some really good stuff.

"Absolutely yes, I can assure you of that," says Medica, who is wearing surgeon's scrubs over his uniform. "We have done the tests."

Fri
27
Jan

Legal Cannabis on the Cards as French Election Heats Up

The first round of France’s Socialist party primary has yielded a surprise victory for the country’s cannabis enthusiasts.

It comes in the form of Benoit Hamon, described by BBC News as the “French Bernie Sanders”, who has captured public interest with a series of policy proposals, including legalising cannabis.

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Benoit Hamon. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Wed
25
Jan

Legal Loophole Allowing for Low-THC Cannabis Sale in Switzerland

A legal form of cannabis, C-Pure, is being bought, sold, and consumed in Switzerland due to an inadvertent legislative loophole – throwing into question the wider ability and purpose of policing cannabis.

C-Pure is legal under Swiss law as it contains less than one per cent THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis. Dario Tobler, director of Bio Can AGOrganic – the company that created C-Pure – says that the product “has no intoxicating effect” because of its low THC content.

Wed
25
Jan

What Marijuana Really Does to Your Body and Brain

Marijuana's official designation as a Schedule 1 drug — something with "no accepted medical use" — means it is pretty tough to study.

Yet both a growing body of research and numerous anecdotal reports link cannabis with several health benefits, ranging from pain relief to helping with certain forms of epilepsy. In addition, researchers say there are many other potential ways marijuana might affect health that they want to understand better.

Tue
24
Jan

Meet the Robot-Taxing, Marijuana-Legalizing, Jeremy Corbyn of the French Left

French left-wingers are fed up with being in power.

That appeared to be the message that 600,000 of them were sending Sunday when they made a little known former education minister the favorite to win the left’s presidential nomination.

Tue
24
Jan

Georgia Eases Draconian Law on Cannabis Use

After relaxation of rules on possession, campaigners await judgment on punishment for cultivation.

Until recently, anyone caught with cannabis twice in 12 months in Georgia faced up to 14 years behind bars. Today you can carry enough for more than 200 joints, after the constitutional court in effect decriminalised possession of the drug.

The landmark ruling follows the case of 27-year-old Beka Tsikarishvili, who was arrested in 2013 with 65 grams of cannabis, which he said was for his own use. Facing a long sentence, he argued imprisonment was unlawful because it infringed his human dignity.

Thu
19
Jan

German Parliament Set to Pass Medical Marijuana Bill

The German parliament (Bundestag) is expected to pass a law on Thursday that would officially make marijuana legal for medicinal purposes.

Sources from the various parties in the Bundestag say the proposal by the Health Ministry will pass on Thursday, according to DPA, allowing seriously ill patients to receive prescriptions for cannabis products.

Currently only certain people with serious medical conditions may be granted permission to use the drug for self therapy, and the bar is set fairly high. Only around 1,000 people in the whole country currently have been given permission to use the drug.

Wed
18
Jan

EU Approval for Australian Maker of Medicinal Pet Pot

Medicinal cannabis company Creso Pharma, which aims to launch two medicinal cannabis pet products by April, has been registered by the EU health authority.

An Australian pharmaceutical developer has received the European Union's first ever health registration to commercialise medical cannabis for pets.

ASX-listed Creso Pharma is now registered with the EU and is in the process of applying for a global import and export license as it aims to sell two cannabidiol-based pet products by April.

The products, which are essentially food additives for horses and dogs, are designed to help target behavioural disorders including anxiety and noise phobias as well as chronic pain, arthritis and diabetes.

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